May03

Electric Blogarella Bella: Erin Chainani

Meet Erin.

Miami is packed with fashion forward guys and girls, and I, as a Miami fashion blogger, just can’t let that go unphotographed anymore. So, I’m starting a new section. Every Thursday, look for me to chat up an Electric Blogarella Bella or Fella about what makes them stand out in a crowd.

This week, I spotted Erin Chainani sketching at the DailyCandy Style Suite for the Fashion Star screening. Erin’s no stranger to Electric Blogarella. Her talent blew me away and inspired this post. This week, her skills were also hard at work. As was her style. When I complimented her look, she revealed it was actually a dress she tossed over a tank to create a draping effect. Brilliant. She popped her black-and-white look with bright yellow tights and a stunning necklace—from a museum, nonetheless. How badass is that? A true artist, Erin dresses the part. Here’s what she had to say about her look, life and loves:

Name: Erin Una Chainani

Claim to Fame: Sketch artist and portrait painter. Visit me at www.erinuna.com and then ask me to sketch all your friends/colleagues/frenemies at your next party.

Wearing: American Apparel yellow tights, French Connection strapless white dress, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent black tank top, turquoise silk collar from the MOMA gift shop, Born black booties and a vintage belt.

Sum up your style: Totally depends on the day, Urban colorblock sometimes. Careless bohemian sometimes. Retro vintage sometimes. I used to be a professional costume designer, and I studied fashion history in grad school—so I can’t have just one style, it’s impossible.

Most treasured item in your closet: A stunning collection of vintage saris that belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

Secret shopping go-to spot: I love Etsy.com. Etsy has awesome one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories—all hand-made or vintage. I buy EVERYTHING on Etsy and love that I’m supporting individual artists and small-business owners when I shop there.

Beauty tip: Don’t pay too much attention to trends. Look at vintage fashion/beauty photography for ideas instead. The last century is FULL of inspiration.

When you were a kid you wanted to be: An actress who also owns a Hallmark store (wow, that’s so embarrassing to admit).

Never leave home without your: Sunscreen on.

At the top of your fashion wish list is: A shopping spree at C. Madeleine’s vintage store.

Currently addicted to: Raw milk cheese. Bossa Nova. Wood jewelry.

Last song you listened to: April Stevens’ “Teach me, Tiger.”

Erin hard at work sketching.